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State AGs, Staff Discuss Algorithms & Organized Retail Crime at Symposium

On April 18, 2023, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its annual Attorney General Symposium in Philadelphia, PA.  State AGs, AG office staff, and private sector attendees gathered to hear from panelists and to discuss the most pressing issues of the times, including those most relevant to businesses—algorithms and organized retail crime (ORC).  Key takeaways from these two business-critical panels are highlighted below.

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TikTok’s Internal Instant Messages Subject of AG Requests in Ongoing Multistate Investigation

A coalition of 46 AGs filed an amicus brief asking a Tennessee court to compel TikTok, Inc. to comply with a request for information by the Tennessee AG, arguing the information sought is necessary to a multistate investigation into whether the social media company violated consumer protection laws by knowingly contributing to an ongoing mental…

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FTC and Six State AGs Sue Room and Roomate-Finder Site Roomster for Misleading Reviews, Listings

The FTC and the AGs of six states have sued the online room and roommate finder platform Roomster, as well as corporate officers John Shriber and Roman Zaks (collectively “Roomster”), and also named Jonathan Martinez as a co-defendant, over allegations that Roomster violated §5(A) of the FTC Act and state statutes by hosting thousands of…

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States Must Step Up to Fill Federal Delta-8 Loophole

When Congress passed the Farm Act in 2018, removing hemp and hemp-derived products from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, many argued that Congress inadvertently legalized delta-8—a psychoactive substance that may be manufactured from hemp-derived CBD for human consumption.

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